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New Technology Enables More Efficient Radiation Treatment Planning for Cancer Patients

Advanced CT system helps cancer care team target tumors

KANKAKEE, IL (March 13, 2018) - Patients at Riverside Cancer Institute in need of radiation therapy now have access to the most advanced treatment technology. The new Discovery RT radiotherapy system reduces treatment times while enabling each patient's care team to personalize oncology treatment plans with improved accuracy and radiation dosing safety.

"As we continue in the fight against cancer, we strive to keep each patient's best interests at the forefront of progress," said Dr. Alex Herskovic, Radiation Oncologist at Riverside Cancer Institute. "Innovative technologies like the Discovery RT system help us to more accurately target cancer cells while minimizing exposure to healthy tissue to optimize each patient's outcome." 

Riverside's recently-installed Discovery RT system, a product of GE Healthcare, is user-friendly for the patient, physician and care team. 

With a large gantry opening, the new system is designed to make the scanning procedure not only more accurate, but also more comfortable for patients. The opening accommodates patients in need of unique positioning while the CT system's advanced image reconstruction technology enables the cancer care team to quickly acquire high-clarity images with minimized breath hold times required from the patient undergoing treatment.

Additionally, the system offers 4D video organ motion tracking, which is able to track organ movement over time, so radiation therapy treatments can be delivered more accurately.

"We're pleased to offer patients the best radiation therapy technology in the region with greater visualization, positioning, monitoring and diagnostic accuracy in a more a comfortable setting, therefore providing better healing for the individual," said Dr. Herskovic. 

Learn more about the Riverside Cancer Institute by visiting riversidehealthcare.org/cancer


About Riverside Healthcare

Riverside Medical Center is located in Kankakee, Illinois, and is part of Riverside Healthcare, a fully-integrated healthcare system serving the needs of patients throughout five Illinois counties including Kankakee, Iroquois, Livingston, Will, Grundy and parts of Western Indiana. Riverside Medical Center is a 312-bed Level II Trauma hospital that provides a full scope of inpatient and outpatient care. Offering award-winning programs in heart care, cancer care, neurosurgery, orthopedics and a reputation for nursing excellence has placed Riverside as a leader nationally and locally. Riverside is the area's only Magnet® Recognized hospital and ranks among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. The healthcare system has earned Truven Health's Top 100 Hospitals award eight times and is a multi-year recipient of Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award. Riverside Medical Group includes more than 140 primary and specialty care providers that deliver care at sites throughout the region. For more information visit www.RiversideHealthcare.org.